Panther Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Panther Creek Trail parking lot will be closed December 13th through December 14th for maintenance. 

Enjoy a picnic, hold a Boy Scout troop meeting or have a family gathering within the historic CCC structures of this wooded recreation area. Directly adjacent to the picnic pavilions visitors can can follow their picnic with a mesmerizing day-hike to the awesome falls on the 3.5 mile (one way) Panther Creek Trail.

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are not accepted.  Occupation of picnic sites are on a first come first serve basis.
Fees Standard Amenity Fee - $4/Vehicle/day
Open Season: Open year round
Restrictions: The hiking trail is strictly for foot-travel only
Water: Drinking water is provided from fountains at the picnic area
Restroom: 1 Chemical vault restroom facility
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District for more information at (706) 754-6221

General Information


 Physical Address: 3995 Old Historic 441, Turnerville, GA



(Northern end)Trailhead and recreation area: from the Chattooga River Ranger office in Lakemont, travel south on US 441 for 3.5 miles to Historic 441 and turn Rt.  Continue on Historic 441 for approx. 1.5 miles.  The Panther Creek Recreation Area will be on the right and the trail begins across the street on the left.

(Southern end) Panther Creek Trail: Hwy 184 North (Panther Bridge Rd) which becomes Yonah dam Rd. to Panther Creek Rd.  Turn Lt. and follow Panther Creek rd. until it ends at parking lot at southern end  of trail. 

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

Panther Creek Foot Trail is a total of 6.6 miles of moderate hiking, point-to-point.  From the (northern-end) Trailhead it's about 3.3 miles to the falls.

The trail consists of steep slopes, rocky paths and sometimes requires crossing very narrow and precarious stretches of trail. Please hike with caution and watch your step!

*Do not mistake the high shoals at mile 2.3 for the waterfall--you have another mile to go!*

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


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